This year alone, I’ve traveled to 20 countries and 6 continents.  I think it’s safe to say I’ve covered a lot of ground.  I live for the moments that you can’t put into words, the kind that money can’t buy.

Needless to say, while I’ve been galavanting around the globe and living abroad, I’ve changed – because travel changes who you are.  It shapes your thinking, ignites your creativity and awakens your soul.

So, what are you waiting for?  Remember, you can always make more money.  You can’t get time back.

Mendoza Wine Guide: 3 Days, 3 Nights

Most of us dream of places like Mendoza: beautiful mountains, peaceful countryside and handsome winemakers (maybe that’s just me?).  But let’s not forget about the wine itself, especially Mendoza’s most notable, the Malbec. I spent last weekend in Mendoza (rough, I know), an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time.  I’ve been to many…

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Best Wine Bars in Palermo

At some point, shortly after my arrival to Buenos Aires, my mind automatically shifted to wine. Why? Well, take for instance the fact that I lived in Asia for four months where trying to find a good glass of wine was harder than hanging out with herds of elephants.  (Yes, I did, in fact, do…

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Hip Hops Hooray: My Beer Bath Interview in Prague

Splashing around in boozy baths is my thing, so when I discovered something called a beer bath in Prague, it became a must-try.  Being the maximizer I am, I combined my “21 Questions” game like interview with Life and Purpose Coach Amanda Davila and bath time. Soaking in hops, drinking a few cold brews and answering…

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I Felt The Rains Down in Africa (Days 1-2)

Earlier this week on Pairs Well With… I shared my day three through five experiences in Marrakech, most of which were quite enjoyable.  It was the first couple days that hit the hardest. Maybe it was the intense culture shock, extreme heat, or maybe I was all in my head.  Regardless, things did not jive….

I Felt The Rains Down In Africa (Days 3 & 4)

As I mentioned in the first part of this story, I decided to write it backward for a number of different reasons, the most important being that I left Marrakech on so much more of a positive note than when I arrived. The middle few days in Africa yielded laughs, adventure and new friends and brought…

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I Felt The Rains Down in Africa (Day 5)

The way my trip to Africa unfolded was unexpected. It was sure as hell no Four Seasons trip. Before leaving Lisbon for Marrakech, I knew I wanted as much of an authentic, localized experience as possible and, like it or not, that’s exactly what I got. Overall, the trip was bittersweet, with many manic and…

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Life Realizations From Four Hours In Africa

I came to Africa to let my mind wander.  Sure, you may think a trip to Morocco, for this reason, is an unnecessary frivolity, but those of you who get it really get it.  And yes, I am highly aware I could’ve gone anywhere else in the world, somewhere closer to Portugal perhaps, but it…

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I Lost My Pants In Lisbon

For the first time in many months, cities and continents, I felt settled in Lisbon.  This city has been the closest thing to home since I left Minneapolis and for anyone that’s been following along on this journey, that is something big.  As much as I’ve loved being on the go seeing new places and things,…

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Portugal is Paradise & I May Never Leave

Pairs Well With…Sunshine + Portuguese Egg Tarts + Blue Waters + Magic of the City As I sit in the living room of my apartment in Portugal, windows open, sun shining in, church bells ringing, and the rumble of the 28 line (yellow tram) below me, I realize that these simple pleasures are what I…

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Same, Same…But WAY Different (My European Welcome)

Pairs Well With…Getting it together + Cultural Adaptation + New Continent I’m happy to report that after one week of hiding out, stomping feet, being yelled at by little old ladies and on the verge of a major breakdown in Belgrade, I’ve survived and have resurfaced.  No, really. Last week, it felt like the world…